Buehler’s Fresh Foods raises record funds to support heart and brain health through the American Heart Association
WOOSTER, OH November 1, 2022 — For the fourth year in a row, Buehler’s Fresh Foods joined the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. From September 18th through October 15th, Buehler’s participated in the AHA’s fundraising campaign, Life Is Why™. Life Is Why inspires consumers to celebrate their reasons to live healthier, longer lives – by giving. At the register, the company asked customers to donate $1, $5 or $10, raising a record $56,498.
“The generosity of our customers and the hard work of our employees is what made this campaign year a success,” said Mike Davidson, CEO of Buehler’s and co-chair of the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk. “We would like to thank our customers for contributing to this life-saving cause. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of the people we know who are impacted by heart disease and stroke.”
Buehler’s donation supports the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk Campaign which has raised over $203,000 thanks to Davidson, co-chair Jen Kessel of Aultman Orrville Hospital and the 2022 Wayne Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team. The dollars raised allow the American Heart Association to continue to fund research that can improve the health outcomes of heart and stroke patients, train more than 2.5 million high school students in CPR annually and support the work of local entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve health outcomes in under-resourced communities.
More than 1,700 Wayne County residents died heart disease between 2014-2019. Currently, more than 30% of Wayne County residents have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, another 19% have high blood pressure, 36% are obese and 22% use tobacco – all health risk factors for heart disease.
“These numbers are staggering,” said Jenn Fortney, Senior Development Director of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Heart Association. “But, the community, through the American Heart Association, is fighting back. This year, locally, the American Heart Association will provide nutrition education to elementary Wooster City School students, continue to provide blood pressure monitors and best practices for community loaner programs, and equip the Wayne YMCA and local schools with CPR training materials and curriculum for student training to meet state requirements. All of this is possible because of donations like those through the Life is Why campaign.”
In addition to contributing to save lives through Buehler’s, donations can also be made directly to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/wayneheartwalk . To learn more about the Life Is Why™ campaign and other participating companies, please visit www.heart.org/lifeiswhy.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. In 2017, Buehler’s went through a management buyout and formed an ESOP. Buehler’s operates 14 supermarkets, 8 liquor agencies, outside catering, coﬀee shops, and a Food Truck named Ferris. Buehler’s is proud to be recently Certiﬁed™ by Great Place to Work.About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
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Jennifer McNeil, American Heart Association Communications Director